Archive for November, 2012

Registration now open for Virtual Music Conference & Expo

November 23, 2012

By Dave Carew

As previously announced here and elsewhere, Indie Connect—the musicians and music-pros empowerment organization—is hosting the world’s first online music conference, trade show, and artist showcase in early 2013.  Due to stronger-than-expected demand from exhibitors and other participants, the event has been bumped back to February 26 – 28.

Dubbed “The Indie Connect Virtual Music Conference & Expo,” this one-of-a-kind event will offer three days of high-level international networking, exhibits by music-related businesses worldwide, artists and record labels showcasing their acts and music, and more than fifty presentations by music-industry experts on how to succeed as an indie musician.

Whether you are an independent artist and/or songwriter—or a business serving such artists—you should get a goldmine of helpful “take-aways” from The Indie Connect Virtual Music Conference & Expo.

Registration for this online event is now open. For more information, visit VirtualMusicConference.com.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and “like” the page on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/EverythingMeansNothingtoMe?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

New coffeehouse coming to south Nashville

November 16, 2012

By Dave Carew

A new coffeehouse aspiring to be “where everybody knows your name” is coming to Lenox Village in south Nashville. Calling itself “Grounds 4 Inspiration,” the coffeehouse will open on Saturday, December 1 as part of the Lenox Village Open House festivities.

In an exclusive interview with Underground Nashville, owner Michele Robinette, who is originally from Boston, stressed that she wants Grounds 4 Inspiration to have the “Cheers” vibe (“where everybody knows your name”), because people are looking for that and they don’t always get it from Starbucks or other corporate-chain houses.

“I can go into the same Starbucks five days in a row, yet they still don’t know my name or who I am. I want Grounds 4 Inspiration to be completely different from that—where you enjoy a comfortable, neighborly setting, in a place where people remember you, where there is good karma,” said Ms. Robinette.

Grounds 4 Inspiration will be open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will start off by offering great Vienna Coffee from Maryville, Tennessee, plus in-store baked goods, local bakery items, and quick “grab n’ go” breakfast fare such as fresh biscuits, bagels, oatmeal, muffins, and donuts. There also will be gluten-free and sugar-free options.

The coffeehouse’s “support your local community” philosophy also will pertain to the gift items available at Grounds 4 Inspiration.

“We’ll be offering shelf space to local painters, jewelry makers, and others, and hope to also eventually offer live music,” said Ms. Robinette.

Sounds like a great plan to us.  And don’t be surprised if you see us standing in line for great coffee and fresh biscuits on December 1.

For more information, visit and “like” Grounds 4 Inspiration on Facebook.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and “like” the page on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/EverythingMeansNothingtoMe?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

Louise Mosrie: The “Underground Nashville” interview

November 13, 2012

By Dave Carew

Louise Mosrie is a gifted, award-winning folk / Americana singer-songwriter who was a Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Showcase Artist in 2012. Louise’s album Home was #11 on the Folk DJ “Album of the Year” charts in 2010, and the album and single “Home” hit the #1 position in January of that year.

Last month, I, along with my uncle and his wife, were lucky enough to catch Louise’s wonderful writers’ night at the Bluebird Café. I was so struck by Louise’s performance that I requested an interview. She graciously consented, and here’s how our conversation went:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you feel compelled to become a singer-songwriter?

LOUISE MOSRIE: I wanted to be a singer from the minute I knew what singing was . . . I mean, from when I was in the crib. I was also a rather introverted type of kid and wrote poetry. Years later, I combined the two things and started writing songs. After I wrote my first song (which really sucked, by the way), I was hooked. It’s been a passion ever since. My goal is to write songs that give you goosebumps or make you cry or both.

UN: If you had the length of an elevator ride to tell Underground Nashville‘s readers what is distinctive about your music—and why they might be enriched by it—what would you say?

LM: My songs are simple, honest, and usually convey a sense of place—very visual and sensory. I write about topics that are atypical and songs that have layers of meaning, very purposefully. Many of my songs are set in a historical context and that seems to attract some listeners who are history buffs. But what other people get from it is their business because it’s different for everyone.

UN:  Where do you hope your music takes you in the next two years, and why?

LM: I would simply like to keep writing and making records and touring. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. If I can make it work in whatever capacity—either as an indie artist or on a label, it makes no difference to me. I just want to keep going. Nowadays it seems like you need lots of outlets to make it all come together . . . TV/film placements, publishing, touring, and downloading/CD/merch sales.

I am working on a new record—hopefully will be doing some fundraising and start production in the next few months. In November, I’m touring in NY with two gigs in New York City, one of which is opening for folk legend Cliff Eberhardt at the historic Gaslight Café, which is exciting for me!

For more information, please visit LouiseMosrie.com.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

Interview with Lance Hoppen of Orleans

November 10, 2012

By Dave Carew

This Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., Orleans—world-famous for its pop-rock classics “Still the One,” and “Dance With Me”—will present a very special “Orleans & Friends” concert at Mercy Lounge.

The concert is in honor of Orleans lead singer and co-founder Larry Hoppen, who passed away suddenly on July 24. All net proceeds will benefit the Hoppen family, especially Larry’s teenage daughters, Maeve and Claire.

The show, for which the band is asking a $20 donation at the door, also will be streamed LIVE online starting at 8 p.m. CT. Cost for this live stream is “pay what you can,” with the take-you-right-there link to the stream being
Stageit.com/orleans_friends/orleans_friends_mercy_lounge_nashville_tn/15184.

In our exclusive (edited) interview with Orleans co-founder Lance Hoppen, we asked the musician about this very special upcoming concert:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What are your feelings as you look ahead to this concert?

LANCE HOPPEN: It’s a mixed bag. On one hand, the cause for the event (a benefit for the survivors of my brother’s death) is no happy backdrop. The wound, while healing, is still fresh to all of us who knew him, loved him, worked with him. On the other hand, the coming together of such talent to celebrate his life is extremely exciting to me.

UN: Why are you especially hoping friends and the Nashville public will come out to support you and Orleans that night?

LH: The first and foremost reason anyone should come to see this show is it’s going to be a KILLER night! It’s not just Orleans; it’s Jimi Jamison, John Ford Coley, Jonell Mosser, Kathie Baillie & Michael Bonagura, Bill Lloyd, Alyssa Bonagura and Pete Huttlinger. NO slouches there! And The Boy Wonder Blues Band is the bonus!

Secondly, Orleans rarely gets to play in Nashville (my home town for the last twenty-three years) at all. This is our last show of 2012 and, given the state of affairs with Larry’s passing, this may very well be our last show ever, for all intents and purposes. It’s been forty years and maybe that’s enough.

Last but certainly not least, the aim of this show is to raise funds to help those who Larry left behind. Most of the business disarray Orleans was left with has been corrected over the past few months. The primary purpose of the funds raised will be to establish trust funds for his twin daughters (my nieces) for their 18th birthday, which is little more than a year away. It is for their sake that I humbly ask people to give generously.

For more information, please visit OrleansOnline.com/Nashville-Show.html

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

Orleans (“Still The One,” ”Dance With Me”) to present benefit concert this Sunday at Mercy Lounge

November 6, 2012

By Dave Carew

Best known for their pop-rock classics “Still the One,” “Dance With Me,” and “Love Takes Time,” Orleans will present a very special “Orleans & Friends” concert at Mercy Lounge this Sunday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. A $20 minimum donation is asked, with tickets available online and at the door.

The concert is in honor of Orleans lead singer and co-founder Larry Hoppen, who passed away suddenly on July 24. All net proceeds will benefit the Hoppen family, especially Larry’s teenage daughters, Maeve and Claire.

Lining up to help raise funds for the Hoppen family will be a sterling collection of beloved local musicians.  Among the artists scheduled to perform are Jonell Mosser, Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), John Ford Coley, Jimi Jamison, Henry Paul (Blackhawk), Kathie Baillie & Michael Bonagura (Baillie & the Boys), Alyssa Bonagura, and Pete Huttlinger. The Boy Wonder Blues Band will open.

The show also will be streamed LIVE online starting at 8 p.m. CT at Stageit.com/stage/15184. Cost for this is $20.

Editor’s Note: Our exclusive “Underground Nashville” interview with Orleans co-founder Lance Hoppen regarding this concert will appear later this week.

For more information, please visit OrleansOnline.com/Nashville-Show.html

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

Virtual Music Conference & Expo coming from Indie Connect

November 5, 2012

by Dave Carew

One of the greatest heroes in today’s indie-music movement is Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect. Hundreds of singer-songwriters, music execs, and others in this town have been helped by Vinny and his fantastic indie-musicians networking and empowerment organization. Vinny is genuinely making the world a brighter, more opportunity-rich place for untold numbers of musicians and music pros.

That’s why we were so excited to here about Indie Connect’s Virtual Music Conference & Expo, the world’s first music conference, trade show, and artist showcase to be presented completely online.

To be held from January 15 – 17, 2013, the event is the perfect answer to the question, “How can I attend a life-changing, incredibly empowering music conference . . . without leaving my computer?”

Virtual Music Conference & Expo will consist of three full days of high-level international networking, exhibits by music-related businesses worldwide, artists and record labels showcasing their acts and music, and more than 40 presentations by music industry experts on how to succeed as an indie musician.

Asked by Underground Nashville what he believes will be the most valuable aspects of the online conference, Vinny Ribas focused on the problems it will help solve for musicians and execs:

“Expensive airfares, wallet-busting hotel rates, and days away from home all make it difficult—if not impossible—for many artists or music-related businesses to attend or participate in a major music conference,” Vinny said. “But modern technology has now made it possible for us to deliver an entire interactive conference online to any artist or business worldwide . . . at a tiny fraction of the cost of attending a land-based one.”

Sounds like an excellent value to us. And having participated in previous Indie Connect events, we’re sure it will be. If you’re serious about your career as an indie musician or executive, you won’t want to miss this life-changing conference.

For more information, visit VirtualMusicConference.com and/or
watch Vinny Ribas’ 4-minute information video on the event
by going to YouTube and entering into the search function
“The IC Virtual Music Conference and Expo.”

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

Record Review: Sara Beck’s “A Simple Thing”

November 1, 2012

by Dave Carew

One of the gifts that distinguishes the greatest acoustic-based singer-songwriters (Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, early Paul Simon, early Neil Young) is the ability to create songs so beautiful, so compelling and engaging, that the listener never notes the absence of full-blown musical production (bass, drums, etc.).  That stripped-down, “less is more” approach to the art of songwriting is the central ambition—and stunning achievement—of Sara Beck’s A Simple Thing.

Reminding us of her stature as one of the premier singer-songwriters of her generation, Sara Beck has crafted an album that is (by turns) so melodious, haunting, playful, and musically rich that it could serve as a compelling answer to the question, “What does the very best of contemporary acoustic music sound like?”

Whereas Sara’s previous album Technicolor evoked the bloom and ambiance of summer, this album feels more autumnal—an even deeper, more reflective and mature realization of the artist’s vision. The full palette of life colors are here—everything from the joy and innocence of the infectious, sing-along “Mud Pies” to the relationship-complexity of “Tightrope” and “This Too Shall Pass.”  All through the ride, we are treated to songs that are so melodic, so intelligently chiseled, that you will be playing them in heavy rotation in your head for weeks.

In the album’s 10th track, “One Stone,” Sara Beck sings “Everywhere I go / beauty’s always calling out my name / I do my best to answer.”  She does, indeed. And the evidence is in every track of this stand-out record, easily one of the year’s best.

For more information and to hear three new songs from the album, visit SaraBeck.net.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew